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John J. Ring, M.D. of Mundelein A Mass of Christian Burial for John J. Ring, M.D. will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Santa Maria del Popolo Church (big church) 116 N. Lake St. (Route 45), Mundelein. Interment will be in Ascension Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the Kristan Funeral Home P.C., 219 W. Maple Ave. (two blocks west of Route 45 on Route 176), Mundelein. Born Feb. 2, 1928, in Washington, D.C., to James A. and Anne (nee Flanagan) Ring, he died Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He graduated from Gonzaga High School in Washington D.C. in 1946, from Georgetown University in 1949, and from Georgetown Medical School in 1953. Dr. Ring served in the Medical Corps of the Navy from 1953 to 1957. Dr. Ring was a family physician in Mundelein since 1958. He was on staff at Condell Memorial Hospital (now Advocate Condell Medical Center) in Libertyville and Victory Hospital in Waukegan (now Vista East Medical Center). He was president of the medical staff at Condell Memorial Hospital in 1965, president of the Lake County Society in 1967, acting medical director of Lake County Health Department in 1968, and represented the Illinois State Medical Society to the American Medical Association. Dr. Ring was a member of the American Medical Association. He chaired several AMA committees. He was elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 1983, chairman of the AMA Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1990 and was elected president of the AMA in 1990. He was elected chairman of the Ethics Committee for the World Medical Association, commissioner of the Joint Commission from 1984 to 1988. Dr. Ring also taught family practice at Chicago Medical School in North Chicago. He was the commencement speaker at Georgetown Medical School for the Class of 1991. He was inducted into the Knights of Malta in 1990. Since 1958, he was a parishioner at Santa Maria del Popolo Parish in Mundelein. "The words patient and compassion have the same Latin root word--which means to bear a burden. A compassionate doctor is one who shares that burden." He said, "I enjoyed taking care of patients. I think that is what doctoring is all about." Dr. Ring enjoyed chess, woodworking, Civil War history, genealogy, fishing, reading, traveling and most of all, spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Anne (nee McCarthy); his children, James (Deborah) Ring, Margaret (Barry Baker) Ring Gillock, Kathleen (Donald) Balasa and Kevin (Rose) Ring; his grandchildren, Jennifer Anne Ring, John (Nikki) Ring, Erin Ring, Robert Ring, Lauren Ring and Anne Balasa; his great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Abby and Emma; and many of his patients and friends. Memorials in his name to Santa Maria del Popolo Parish, 116 N. Lake St., Mundelein, IL 60060, the Georgetown Medical School, Attn: Medical School Annual Fund, Box 571404, Washington, DC 20057 or the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein, IL 60060, would be appreciated. For information, visit www.kristanfuneralhome.com or call 847-566-8020.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from June 15 to June 16, 2010
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